I you are a Christian, you KNOW that the struggle against satan is real. We live in a world where evil spirits lurk around seeking the ruin of souls, as we recite in the St. Michael prayer. Times haven’t changed since satan tempted Eve in the garden.
Many people doubt their salvation from time to time, many people fall prey to sexual temptation and others to a host of temptations. We all do it. We are all sinners. For me, satan often comes in the form of self-doubt and not believing who it is that God says I am. I have worked SO hard over the last 2 1/2 plus years remembering who it is that God says I am. It has been difficult, to say the least.
I got 5 1/2 miles in last night. I thank God every day for my health and my many blessings every single day. Without my health, I wouldn’t be able to work at my current job! God has also performed many miracles over the last several years and I thank Him every day for these! I love my job, my house is looking great and my family is doing well. Life is good, right!?
News flash: I am human.
Every morning for over 2 1/2 years, I wake up and satan reminds me that my husband of 24 years left me because I’m a horrible, ugly, worthless person. Every morning I rebuke him in the name of Jesus Christ and throat punch him. I remind myself Whose I am and who God says I am and leave for work. (Note: this not mean that I believe what satan tells me–it’s just a daily struggle!)
Sometimes, just sometimes, I can’t drive satan far enough away, though. This week, I’ve been battling satan 24/7. I’ve been clinging to the Cross as I’ve tried to drive satan away. No matter what we know about our current situation or why something happened, satan uses ANY weakness in an attempt to get us to doubt God and His promises. Y’all, we are all fighting spiritual battles every single day! Spiritual warfare IS real.
I thank God for my incredible will to survive. Sometimes it is only this will to survive and to succeed that drives me to make it through another day. This is a gift from God. This will to survive is what got me through every trial in my life— even with satan nipping at my heels. The Creator has given me this incredible will to survive and to succeed–I am blessed.
If ever I am overcome by sadness, it doesn’t mean I’m not counting my blessings or thankful for all that God has done for me. Even Jesus felt incredible sadness in the garden. It’s part of the human condition. Don’t beat yourself up when you feel human emotions. Remember the mantra I have shared with you, “When who you are is grounded in Whose you are, you can handle anything life throws at you.” It doesn’t mean it will be easy and without trial, though. We must make the effort each and every day to turn toward Christ in our struggles.
Yesterday was Divine Mercy Sunday — I am thankful for His Mercy! Jesus, I trust in You! +JMJ+